Menlo Summer Fest – The Best Two Days of Music Ever in Menlo Park
Get ready: the greatest two days of music Menlo Park has ever experienced is coming. Ten top-shelf bands playing a wide-ranging mix of sensational live music at the Facebook Community Stage and several downtown locations plus a warm, sun-splashed weekend will transform Menlo Park into the Bay Area’s entertainment mecca for the city’s big, mid-summer shindig – Menlo Summer Fest, coming up July 21–22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue.
The Fremont Park area, branded as Summerland, will be a major hub of music, food, drink, excitement and energy featuring the Facebook Community Stage, the Hopsland Craft Beer Tent, Mobile Eats food trucks, What’s Up Photo Booth and non-stop tossing action in Cornhole Corner.
FACEBOOK COMMUNITY STAGE (Fremont Park)
Since 2009, Foreverland has been mesmerizing audiences around the country with their larger-than-life tribute to the one and only Michael Jackson. Featuring four dynamic vocalists, a powerhouse rhythm section, and the hardest working horn section in the biz, Foreverland recreates hits from the Jackson 5 era through the end of Michael’s incredible career in a way that honors the King of Pop’s musical genius and legendary showmanship like no other tribute band has ever done”.
East Bay Mudd is a dynamic 9-piece band that has been thrilling audiences and dancers all over the Bay Area for years with their upbeat and powerful take on Soul, Funk and R&B classics. The band’s approach is to stay true to the songs they cover both in musical arrangement and style. A stellar lead singer and fabulous rhythm section are the basic ingredients for an outstanding band, but East Bay Mudd has an additional feature that makes the band great – a dynamite horn section. Talented band members include lead singer Tommy Banks, drummer T Moran, bass and guitar players Brian Hough and Bobby Cedro, with Cote Reese on keyboards, Michael Peloquin tenor sax and harmonica, Craig Bryant trombone and Cookie Reese baritone and alto sax.
Cisco Kid is made up of the Bay Area's top musicians led by supremely gifted recording artist and Drummer/Vocalist "Joey Jam” Flores. Cisco Kid's bandmembers have played and recorded with some of the best musicians of all time: The Temptations, Smash Mouth, Al Green and Lee Oskar just to name a few. Cisco Kid will take you down memory lane playing the Greatest Hits like Lowrider, Cisco Kid, Cinco De Mayo, Spill The Wine, Why Can't We Be Friends and so many more.
Illeagles is the Bay Area’s premier Eagles tribute band. In the true spirit of the word 'tribute', this group of seasoned players honors the spirit of the Eagles and keeps true to the essence of the musicianship and incredible song catalog honoring the Eagles' legacy.
Jack Mosbacher, a graduate of Menlo School and Stanford University, has sold out venues in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago with his infectious presence and unique brand of retro-pop. Mosbacher's voice and sound, with its timeless warmth, carefully crafted hooks, and modern charisma, have drawn comparisons to masters of a bygone era: The Temptations, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, and Hall and Oates. Fresh off the Sail Across the Sun tour with Train, Michael Franti, and Gym Class Heroes, Jack can't wait to be back playing music in his hometown.
Rock Steady SF plays an expansive song list from Old School to New School — R&B, Funk, Hip-Hop, Motown, Disco and Rock. This is one high caliber, high energy band filled with veteran players who will have you on your feet dancing and singing along.
The Riekestra is a rock/funk band from the Bay Area in California, made up of students and staff from the Riekes Center, a non-profit education organization based in Menlo Park, California. The Riekestra performs as the backing band for student performances at The Riekes Center's monthly Creative Arts recitals and annually travels to Barcelona, Spain for a 3-week summer performance tour. The Riekestra has appeared at numerous Off The Grid events, San Jose SOFA Street Fair, Facebook Farmer's Market, and various other community festivals and events.
MOD MIX DJ STAGE (El Camino Real)
Bringing their unique talents to the Mod Mix DJ Stage at El Camino Real are some of the Bay Area’s best DJ’s. Better bring your best dancing shoes and get down to some great beats and rhythm in another hub of music, food and drink.
While you’re perusing the sights and delights, listen for these street musicians scattered throughout the festivities:
Let Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger of Heartstrings Music transport you to old Italy with their collections of tarantellas, polkas, and traditional heartfelt ballads. These romantic Italian melodies played with skilled hands on the guitar and mandolin bring the charm of the Old Country to California.
Saxophonist and arranger Stephen Dreyfuss plays Tenor and Baritone with a flair for technique, whether playing in Jazz, Pop or Blues settings. In addition to his instrumental artistry, Stephen enjoys composing songs and singing as well.
FACEBOOK COMMUNITY STAGE
Saturday, July 21
|11:30 am - 12:30 pm||The Reikestra|
|1:00 - 2:30 pm||Rock Steady SF|
|3:00 - 4:30 pm||East Bay Mudd|
|5:00 - 7:00 pm||Foreverland|
Sunday, July 22
|12:00 - 1:30 pm||Jack Mosbacher
|2:00 - 3:30 pm||Illeagles|
|4:00 - 6:00 pm||Cisco Kid|
MOD MIX DJ STAGE (El Camino Real, Both Days)
|Some of the Bay Area's best DJ's on stage all day!|
STREET MUSICIAN LOCATIONS (Both Days)